Brown Bread For Health?
As kids, our Mom would send us off to school with a brown bagged peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread. Back then, which was many more years ago then we like to admit, we were the only ones at the kindergarten lunch table whose sandwiches weren’t on white bread. We both remember feeling left out and when we finally begged our Mom to try the white bread, it stuck to the roof of our mouths so much that we wondered how kids could eat the stuff…
And boy, have times changed. By now, most people have heard that whole grains like whole wheat bread are much healthier than their refined “white” counterparts; many kids’s lunch boxes contain peanut butter and jelly (and other sandwich fillings) on whole wheat bread.
Yet, surprisingly, our client’s tell us that they know that whole grains are healthier, but they aren’t entirely sure why. The truth is that whole grains are so much healthier than refined ones that the government says you should get at least half of your grain servings (at least 3 ounces per day) from the whole grain. We think you should aim to make all of your grains, whole grains.
What Makes A Whole Grain Different Than A Refined One?
Both grains come out of the ground in their natural state—as a whole grain, consisting of three parts: bran (healthy, outer layer), germ (healthy, core) and the endosperm (starch).
When grains are refined through processing, their bran and germ are removed, which takes away many of the grain’s nutrients, and leaves just the starch.
This means that the refined grains are stripped of all the good stuff—fiber, antioxidants, tumor suppressors, cholesterol reducers, insulin regulators, antithrombotic agents, phytoestrogens, and vitamin E, folic acid, zinc, selenium, and magnesium. Clearly, since the whole grain has all of this, it is the nutritional winner!
Get Your Game Face on–It’s Easy to Be Tricked When Shopping For The Whole Grain
Venturing down the bread aisle and looking for the whole grain, you may choose the darker colored breads, assuming they are the whole grain. Don’t be tricked! The darker color may simply mean that caramel coloring or molasses has been added, not that you are picking a whole grain. Argh!
In addition, many people assume that because a grain says 7-Grain, 9-Grain or Wheat Bread, these are whole grain breads. However, this is not always the case!
Use The Ingredient Label To Identify The Good Stuff—the Whole Grain
Next time you head down the bread aisle or want to buy any grain, including rice, look at the food label and find the part labeled “ingredients.” The only way to guarantee that a food is made from a whole grain is if the first ingredient listed on the nutrition label has the word “whole” in it. For example, whole wheat (also known as graham flour), whole rye, whole oat, whole barley, etc. Don’t be tricked by seemingly fancy wording like, “enriched bromated wheat flour” which is nothing more than refined flour! Remember, all you need to see is the word “whole” before the grain.
Go With The Whole Grain!
As long as the first ingredient says “whole”, like “whole wheat” or “whole rye”
|12 Grain Stoned Wheat Enriched Wheat
|Pastas:||The first ingredient says “whole” wheat||The first ingredient does NOT say “whole”|
|Cold and Hot Cereals:||Cheerios
Post Raisin Bran
General Mills Wheat Chex, Quaker Toasted Oatmeal Squares
Nutrigrain Golden Wheat Oatmeal
Post Honey Bunches of Oats Puffed Wheat
Cream of Wheat
Cream of Rice
Kavli Whole Grain Crispbread Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers
Stone Ground Wheat Thins Saltines
Stoned Wheat Crackers Keebler’s Wheatables
Nabisco Harvest Crisp 5-Grain Snack Crackers
|Corn:||Popcorn (corn on the cob is a vegetable)||Cornflakes
Buckwheat groats (Kasha) Bulgur
*Want to be entered into a great sweepstakes. Enter the Whole Grain Stampede ! September is Whole Grains Month http://wholegrainscouncil.org/get-involved/celebrate-whole-grains-month-in-september Visit the WGC website anytime from September 1-30 and tell us about your favorite whole grain products bearing the Whole Grain Stamp.
Your entry puts you in the running for a random drawing to win two great prizes:
1st Prize $5,000 of grocery money and a year’s worth of Quaker whole grain products*
courtesy of The Quaker Oats Company
2nd Prize An iPad2, loaded with food and health apps
courtesy of Ultragrain from ConAgra Mills